The plants sold reportedly included 25 tropical pitcher plants, locally known as kantong semar, as well as silver Komalomena, Vilodendrum boceri, turtle back Labisia and silver Alocasia.Read also: COVID-19 won’t stop Indonesia from conserving endangered wildlife treasuresOne of the pitcher plant species the men sold, Nepenthes clipeata, which grows in the crevices of granite rocks, is endemic to Kelam Hill in Sintang regency, West Kalimantan. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared the species critically endangered in 2014.AC had been reported to authorities once before by members of the Suara Pelindung Hutan (Voice of the Forest Protector) community for allegedly smuggling protected plants from Indonesia. RB and MT admitted to selling each plant for Rp 500,000 (US$33.5) to AC.Both perpetrators have allegedly been smuggling Nepenthes clipeata from the Kelam Hill Nature Park conservation area since 2017. They sold the specimens online to local and foreign buyers, including in Taiwan, Penang, Kuching and Kuala Lumpur.“This is our first time investigating the smuggled protected plants case. We will develop the case and trace the international network of protected plant smuggling,” Environment and Forestry Ministry law enforcement director general Sustyo Iriyono said on Thursday.Read also: Ministry launches guide books for identifying protected speciesRB and MT are currently being detained in the West Kalimantan Police detention center. RB has been declared a suspect and MT remains classified as a witness.Both men were charged with violating Article 21 paragraph 1 and Article 40 paragraph 2 of Law No. 5/1990 on natural resources and ecosystem conservation, which stipulates a maximum punishment of five years in jail or a Rp 100 million fine.Topics : A law enforcement task force that includes the Environment and Forestry Ministry and the West Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), has taken two men into custody for allegedly selling protected plants.The men, 23-year-old RB and 32-year-old MT, were apprehended in Sekadau Hilir district, Sekadau regency, West Kalimantan, on Wednesday.RB and MT were allegedly selling the plants to AC, a nursery owner in Taiwan who sells tropical plants from Southeast Asian countries.
86 Diamond St, Holland Park.Mr Hay said Holland Park prices had surged over the last 12 months with people citing amenities, lifestyle and proximity to schools and transport as being the major factors for them searching in the area. 86 Diamond St, Holland Park. 86 Diamond St, Holland Park.Mr Hay said the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home also fetched a record sale price for the pocket known as the ‘Jewel Box’.The home features ducted multiple zoned air conditioning, internet cabling with multiple hard wired stations, garden irrigation system, mixed Australian hardwood flooring throughout, huge amounts of storage, ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living areas, and room for up to four cars and more than enough room to store a boat. 86 Diamond St, Holland Park.A building inspector has described this Brisbane property as the best renovation he has seen in the last 20 years.The property at 86 Diamond St, Holland Park recently sold for $1,213,500.Place — Coorparoo selling agent Scott Hay said the two-level home was bought by a local family.“It was a beautiful renovation, the owner had put a lot of care, money and effort into it and he painstakingly renovated it over the last two years,” Mr Hay said.“A building inspector described it as the best renovation he had seen in over 20 years”. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe pool area at 86 Diamond St, Holland Park.
MICHAEL POPPY/Herald photoCHICAGO — The Big Ten conference has had a reputation for playing tough, smash-mouth football for decades.But like the rest of college football, the conference’s identity is changing, as teams are putting more and more stock into speed, quickness and, of course, the spread offense.Nine out of the 11 Big Ten teams will run some form of the spread this season. Wisconsin, along with Iowa, are the two left out, something UW head coach Bret Bielema says is an advantage for his team.“[Our offense] is tough to simulate,” Bielema explained. “A lot of teams that run the spread don’t even have a fullback in their system, so when they get ready to play Wisconsin, they don’t even have a guy that can simulate that in practice.”Although so many teams will spread things out on offense, not every spread is the same.“In the Big Ten Conference five years ago, I’d say less than 50 percent [of the teams] ran the spread,” Bielema said. “Purdue was really the first spread team in the league to run it, but their spread is completely different than Illinois’ today.”Illinois’ spread, run by junior quarterback Juice Williams, gave the Wisconsin defense fits last season when the Illini defeated the Badgers in Champaign. Illinois head coach Ron Zook attributes his spread success to his experience on defense.“When I first became a head coach, most of my experience was on the defensive side of the football,” Zook said. “And the one thing I wanted to do is, I wanted to run an offense that I hated to see the most as a defensive coach.”Purdue head coach Joe Tiller is credited by many as the pioneer of the spread within the Big Ten. His spread is more of a passing-oriented offense, unlike Illinois’ triple-option.“Young people like to throw and catch and run around and high-five each other,” Tiller said. “I think the style of offense is a fun style to participate in. So you know, it doesn’t surprise me at all that the spread offense has really swept the nation.“It’s almost a reflection of our society in that things can be instant in the spread offense,” he added. “We’ve just done our part to help America be better.”This season, Bielema refuses to be caught off guard by any form of the spread, as his defense practices against it routinely.“We almost doubled the preparation time that we have for our preparation for the spread,” Bielema said. “The spread is a unique offense. To me, as an old defensive coordinator, the thing people use the spread for is to create one-on-one tackles and make you make plays.”Making plays on defense is something Bielema’s Badgers struggled to do for much of last season, after a stellar defensive effort in 2006.“I thought we were [better than] that, but that’s the difference a year can make,” UW senior linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “We had guys in position, and we just didn’t make plays or a lot of times we were out of position. You’ve got to execute before you can use your speed or athleticism. Executing is what it comes down to. If you know where you’re supposed to be, you’ve got to be there. If you’re not, that can leave a crease that can go for 40 or 50 yards. Once you get there, you’ve got to play solid football and make the tackle, be in your gap, be assignment-sound.“Misreads put us out of position, and there were a couple times we were in position and just didn’t make the play,” Levy added. “If you start a play you’ve got to finish the play — that’s the only way to be successful against the spread.”